All this supposedly over a movie
(The Nation) US on Tuesday halted public dealing in all its diplomatic missions in Pakistan as police battled with enraged people protesting against an anti-Islam film on the third consecutive day.
In Lahore, the second largest city of the country, up to 900 people demonstrated near the US consulate, chanting “Obama is a dog” and “Death to the USA”.
I really hated the movie “Terminator: Salvation” and was truly ticked off that I wasted money on it. I didn’t riot.
(Xinhuanet) The United States temporarily closed its consulate office in Medan, the third-largest city in Indonesia, on Wednesday due to protests over anti-Muslims movie produced in the United States, a statement from the U.S. embassy office in Jakarta said.
(Global Edmonton) More than 700 police will be on guard at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok as protests against an anti-Islam film produced in the United States spread to Thailand.
The U.S. Embassy says it plans to close at midday Tuesday ahead of the protests planned to start shortly afterward.
(The Nation) The US Consulate General in Chiang Mai (Thailand) decided to close to the public on Wednesday following a tip-off from local authorities about a demonstration in front of its office.
It also issued a warning message on its website advising Americans to exercise caution and to be aware of their surroundings particularly around large crowds or gatherings.
How sad is it that our embassies have to run away for their safety over what is supposedly rage from a video that no one knew about when it was released months ago? And then there’s France
(Haaretz) The French government said Wednesday that it planned on temporarily shutting down premises including embassies and schools in 20 countries on Friday,after a French magazine ridiculed the Prophet Mohammed by portraying him naked in cartoons.
The move threatened to fuel the anger of Muslims around the world who are already incensed by a film depicting him as a womanizing buffoon.
Said cartoon, which I highlighted yesterday, forced the French government to deploy riot troops to protect the headquarters of the magazine Charlie Hedbo. On the inside pages Mohammed is shown naked.
“We have the impression that it’s officially allowed for Charlie Hebdo to attack the Catholic far-right but we cannot poke fun at fundamental Islamists,” Charlie Hebdo editor Stephane Charbonnier, who drew the front-page cartoon, said.
“It shows the climate – everyone is driven by fear, and that is exactly what this small handful of extremists who do not represent anyone want – to make everyone afraid, to shut us all in a cave,” he told Reuters.
The cover picture is of an ultra-Orthodox Jew pushing Mohammed in a wheelchair. Any reports of Jewish rage? Riots? Calling for the UN to ban all religious defamation? What’s that? None? It’s only the Islamists who are raging? Hmph. How about that? Charbonnier is correct: people are afraid when insulting Islam. Look at how Obama and Clinton acted. Look at how government figures reached out to private citizens asking them not to do something that could enrage Muslims. Look at how the maker of the stupid movie was brought down to the police station for “unrelated” issues, that any smart person could figure related to the movie.